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Our “Distorted” Generation

Adeline Davis

April 28, 2014

In the 1950s, Elvis Presley shocked the world with his deep voice and literally swinging hips. In fact, these hips became well known for causing hysteric teen girls to faint. Back then, Elvis Presley symbolized youth. His new style of music sparked teen interest, encouraging them to branch out from their previously sheltered lives, escaping into a world of rock and new culture. Nearly 50 years later, our society has found itself in yet another culture shock. However, instead of a ...

T-Riffic Cafe thrills downtown Disney visitors

Madeline Kemper, Business Manager

April 9, 2014

Avoiding that second glance at a towering ten-foot dinosaur as it roars towards the incoming meteorite is nearly impossible as you walk past the T-Rex restaurant at Downtown Disney.  From the fun architectural designs to the exciting light shows, it was not only a dinner, but a Disney experience. The themed rooms, which include underwater, forest, iceberg and volcano, have you wanting to see more, as every corner seems to have its own individual quirk. Disorganization of g...

AP students should know their testing rights

Jeannie Williams, Staff Reporter

April 9, 2014

With the dread of Advanced Placement exams looming in the near future, students are having to face the question of whether or not they will take their exam. Students even question if they can take it. The confusion surrounding the issue confirms that the policy needs to be clarified. Some students have been told that they cannot take the exam, hands down. Students who had a "D" or an "F" first semester and showed no improvement in the third quarter are recommended not...

Societal misconceptions

Adeline Davis, Staff Reporter

March 3, 2014

When I was little, the Winter Olympics meant getting to stay up late so I could watch the breathtaking ice-skaters in their sparkly costumes. Now, I spend most of my time fan- girling over Shaun White’s hot new haircut.  Though my prospects have changed, I still hold a deep reverence for the female ice-skaters. The amount of stamina these girls possess constantly amazes me. However, throughout the season I started to notice the amount of physical pressure our society puts...

Dandelion Communitea Cafe offers unique taste

Ellie Bonk, Staff Reporter

February 18, 2014

The Dandelion Communitea Café is not what is usually found in the affluent Thornton Park neighborhood. Found in a safe neighborhood, this remodeled home turned café gives off a warm welcoming feeling that matches with its friendly variety of customers. Everyone at the café, customer or employee, has their own unique vibe. When walking in you are immediately greeted with impeccable customer service that lasts the entire visit. This café is unique to others because it...

No, Mom, don’t talk to me about Twitter

Winnie Meyer, Reviews Editor

February 18, 2014

It is a scary thing to have your 46-year old mother ask if you have seen Bat Dad’s most recent antics on Vine. There are just two appropriate reactions to this: One, send your mother to bed because she has fallen horribly ill. Two, find shelter because the zombie apocalypse has arrived. Finding parents who know just as much as their teenage counterparts is not uncommon anymore. The age of the technological savvy parent is here – and it sucks. It begins with email,...

Thanks for the love, Mom

Sophie Hill, Staff Reporter

February 18, 2014

Nothing had ever made me feel like more of a loser than opening the annual heart-shaped box of chocolates from my mom accompanied by a sticky note hastily inscribed with the words, ‘you’ll always be my valentine xoxo.’ It’s a yearly tradition, which at first started out as a cute way to get five-year-old-me happy on Hearts Day, but, has now turned into a pathetic excuse for me to eat my loneliness in the form of caramel-filled pockets of broken dreams. It’s the...

Quiet is not a crime

Adeline Davis, Backpage Editor

January 30, 2014

When did being quiet become socially unacceptable? Last time I checked, the loudmouths of the class are the ones who crack inappropriate jokes or get themselves into trouble. Yet, our society still views gregarious people as being more enjoyable and prosperous- when in fact, some of our most successful public figures qualify themselves as being introverted and shy; Steven Spielberg, J.K Rowling and Charles Schulz are just a few examples. Without these wonderfully introverted...

Snack Attack

Haley Gaeser, Lifestyles Editor

January 28, 2014

When I am in class and am trying to learn, there are multiple things that keep me from doing so. I could be exhausted, annoyed or sometimes I may just not be in the “school mood” but when I hear what seems to be a beaver gnawing on wood right next to my ear, the last thing I want to do is focus on school. The whole concept of eating in class has really changed from what it used to be. Students used to sneak in snacks and then when the teacher was not looking, they...

Sleepy Moon Café not worth the travel

Jessica Jeffers, Opinions Editor

December 9, 2013

After a long drive towards Winter Park you end up at an old strip mall, and nestled into the side of the building, a small chalkboard sign greets you with “Sleepy Moon Café” written in pink chalk, adding to the small business feel. Unlike other cafés, Sleepy Moon offers free coffee refills, giving it the perfect appeal for local students, and the friendly staff gives it a happy and chill feel. This and the artsy manner of the place are the things separating this...

Oblivious to the injured

Haley Gaeser, Lifestyles Editor

December 5, 2013

The injured. They are everywhere. Everywhere I look, there they are, and now, what is worse is that I have become one. Being injured is not fun. Students don’t care if you are injured, as they still feel the need to run into you wherever you go: the stairs, the hallway, the parking lot. You name it and it has occurred. Plus, whenever these hurt individuals need to use an elevator, there are uninjured students coming out of them. Just the other day I went to use...

Anonymous Ask.Fm has serious consequences

Adeline Davis, Back Page Editor

November 12, 2013

The typical bully used to be characterized as a hulking kid who pushed people around on playgrounds and stole lunch money. However, with the dawn of social media, bullies can no longer be pegged by their glares or threatening fists. Up until the creation of Ask.fm, bullies  attacked their victims face to face but had to be careful of Facebook usernames revealing their identities. Ask.fm quickly became a bully’s paradise when it added the anonymous button to the mix. As...

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